It sounds frightening, but genetic baldness is the primary cause of hair loss, for both men and women. You can go from full locks to a bald crown in a matter of years (if not months) and there’s not much you can do about it. Prince William is an example.
This condition is known as hereditary alopecia, and it accounts for up to 98% of all hair loss cases in men.
IS THERE GENETIC BALDNESS IN YOUR FAMILY HISTORY?
With this information at hand, we understand your urge to go down your family tree and identify who in your family went bald and when. However, if your mother or father went bald it certainly doesn’t mean that you will too. As experts say, genetic baldness can skip generations.
HOW MANY GENERATIONS AWAY ARE YOU FROM GENETIC BALDNESS?
In an interview with Huffington Post, Florida based hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, discusses the topic.
He says that it all depends on the maternal X-linked Chromosome and the paternal Y chromosome that carries the genetic alopecia gene. It can often skips generations, but it’s an impossible task to try guess if it will skip you.
IF YOU CAN’T COUNT GENERATIONS, HOW CAN YOU AVOID BALDNESS?
Dr Bauman says that, although it’s impossible to fully prevent it, you can minimise the risk and the impact.
He stresses the importance of the basic, yet powerful, elements that will speed up genetic baldness:
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet
- Medications that have hair loss as a side effect
If you’re a lady, we discuss some of these fundamentals here.
But most importantly, the Floride-based hair restoration expert stresses the importance of seeking treatment immediately. If you have genetic baldness in your family, stay observant (not obsessed) and look for signs. The scary thing is that, if you don’t pay attention, you could lose more than 50% of your grown without noticing.
WHY TREAT GENETIC BALDNESS IMMEDIATELY
It’s easier and cheaper to reverse the damage. Depending on the gravity of it, you might be able to control baldness with medicine and avoid a hair transplant. Here’s a step by step guide on what to do if you see any signs of genetic alopecia.
There are so many options available and you’re almost guaranteed to stop genetic baldness on its tracks, if you act quickly. In Dr. Bauman’s own words: “There’s a lot of things you can do to stop the progression of hair loss today. The realm of 20 years ago, where everything was snake oil and hogwash, is over.”
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